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Unanswered Question: Why do we keep lying to ourselves?

I saw a post and only read two lines of the poem.
The image of George Floyd was clearly displayed at the top of the page.
The poem spoke of “slave ships”.
That was enough for me.
The death of George Floyd was tragic on so many levels but the stubborn adherence to the idea that it had anything to with race is absurd. What that mindset does is perpetuate a myth, a political flashpoint, and a lie.
Derrick Shovan was a terrible, barbaric, man and cop.
George Floyd was a drug addict, repeat criminal, and misguided soul.
We could investigate all day long the ‘whats and whys’ that made them each that way, but that’s not the point.
Something terribly tragic happened and we’re not placing the blame on ‘what happened next’ where it belongs.
Both men had culpability in the route they took to that place and time of Floyd’s death, yet their race wasn’t deemed, even in court, as having an influence.
So, why do we keep lying to ourselves?
Why is George Floyd a folk hero?
How does his life and death have anything to do with slave ships?
Derrick and George were already known to each other.
No ‘hate crime’ allegation was pursued in Derrick’s trial. Because race was NOT a factor. (He was a real ‘rotten egg’ and got what he deserved.)
Race hustlers came rushing out of the woodwork, though. Some for financial gain (BLM organizers) and others for political leverage (BLM self-proclaimed Marxists, among others). Both types should have been recognized as and declared opportunists immediately.
That’s why the riots, marches, and continued mythology over George Floyd are so baffling and IMHO are symptomatic of even darker ills than a would-be individual act of racism.
Those most desperate ubiquitous illnesses are victimhood, ignorance, and-bias inspired- gullibility.
The clear perpetrators of those crippling diseases are the media, our educational system, and political activists. If you want something ‘real‘ to be outraged about, their accountability isn’t even going to be EVER considered. The avoidable death and destruction in the aftermath will go on being falsely labeled a noble crusade. Instead, the misnomer of “systematic racism” (in this specific case) will continue to destroy our harmony, unity, and sense of justice. We will therefore go on being victimized and consumed by ‘lies’, half-truths, and narrative manipulations, until the nefarious goal of dehumanizing and dividing our country for the purpose of totalitarian control, is achieved.
Don’t play a role in it by not getting your facts straight.

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Unanswered Question: Why would President Biden want to destroy our country?

I’m perplexed by the ‘otherwise intelligent’ people that I know who can’t or won’t wrap their heads around the purposeful active destruction of our country.
I accept the claim that I may think ‘too much’ about this specific topic but there are an awfully large group who IMHO think ‘too little’ on it too.
The first question from them is, “Why would President Biden want to destroy America?”. That seems a harsh claim on its surface which most people don’t even want to consider. The better question would be, “Why isn’t he virtuously and vigorously protecting our country?”.
There’s no A to B single commitment to destroy America by President Biden. We need to examine the BIG picture. (Something I’ve decided that many people are incapable of ‘seeing’.) The most powerful and richest people greatly influencing our current destruction are motivated by an interest in eliminating the entire Western World (globalists). Marxists, Anarchists, and Foreign Enemies absolutely enjoy the direction we’re headed in and nudge us covertly toward it using their influence on powerful individuals. But our leadership are just tools in it.
Get real. President Biden isn’t managing one thing. [Let’s get that out of the way.] There are ‘groups’ of people pushing a sweet-sounding agenda who are talking in his ear and writing his words. Some are evilly corrupt, and others are well paid and rewarded for going along- so they’re the highly useful self-serving.
I think that those who can’t imagine that there’s an element in people who default to “what’s best for them” even if it may hurt others, haven’t paid full attention lately. The “greater good” left the building years ago. Lifelong political players are more superficially focused than most ordinary people. Their personal emphasis is on appearances, getting re-elected, and their own status and it’s their whole life. (This is why term limits on political positions are desperately needed.) The system itself corrupts. For those who have no values to begin with, the corrupting effect is nearly immediate. Favors, money, power, and attention were probably their motivation to become politicians in the first place.

We all have heard of “mob psychology”. It usually dilutes the principles of individuals in favor of a group outcome. [Not every individual has principles, either. Those types are extra useful.]

Why would a boardroom of people at Pfizer impose a ‘vaccine’ with real safety issues on the public while withholding warnings?
Why would people who were basically law-abiding rush a border and break into a country?
Why would “mostly peaceful” protestors start vandalizing a city?
Why would the teaching profession implement harmful topics for use on children even when most know better?

It’s a mob mentality that rewards compliance and destroys those who don’t comply. The individuals in each situation can absolve themselves of responsibility and guilt because they feel powerless alone. It really wasn’t ‘up to them’. They can ‘go along’ and get self-serving perks or get destroyed and suffer. Have I mentioned that the virtue of “courage” has also gone the way of “the greater good” and “principles”? The label of “snowflakes” isn’t just about a certain type of person’s sensitive feelings. To be blunt, they are primarily ‘”gutless cowards”. They attack people in groups or from the anonymity of the internet. They tear down inanimate statues for attention. They ask for “safe spaces” and cry and complain about imaginary ‘oppressive forces’ too.
So, why is President Biden purposefully destroying America? He isn’t. The cowardly and unprincipled mobs of influential people are. Unfortunately, many of them currently run our country.

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Unanswered Question: Why is it sometimes hard to talk to people?

I imagined a circular conversation this morning. It sums up the frustration I have with people who seem to ask questions hoping to find specific conclusions rather than having a fruitful inquiry. They aren’t as concerned with the initial topic as they are with battling your answer. The conversations of this type go ‘off the rail’ every time. The first inquiry is always lost or mischaracterized.

Q: If you had to choose, which do you like better, cats or dogs?

A: Well, they’re very different but if I had to choose it would be cats.

Q: But you have only dogs. How can you be a “cat person”?

A: I didn’t claim to be a “cat person”. I think cats are cool, that’s all.

Q: But you used to have cats. Don’t you like your dogs?

A: I love my dogs very much. I loved my cats too.

Q: But you chose cats over dogs. Are you being serious?

A: I’m quite serious.

Q: When you had cats, were you happier?

A: No. What’s the matter with you?

Q: Why are you attacking me now? I just asked a question.

A: I’m not attacking you, I’m just not sure these questions make sense.

Q: Well, you raised your voice a little bit. Can’t you answer a simple question without hostility?

A: Okay. I answered your question. I prefer cats.

Q: Maybe you should get rid of your dogs if you don’t like dogs?

A: I never said that I DON’T LIKE DOGS!!

Q: I’m not going to talk to you anymore. You’re mean.

That is where many conversations go these days. This is an example of “Why is it sometimes hard to talk to people?”. I’m not as much of a fan of talking to random people anymore especially on controversial topics. Many are more interested in reaching their own conclusions rather than learning anything. LOL
Heaven help us.

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Unanswered Question: Why do citizens of other countries feel compelled to critique my country?

I stumble upon commentary from time to time that has nothing good to say about the U.S. and its Constitution.
First, everyone can say what they want and until foreigners pay our bills or clean up their own countries, the opinions expressed mean nothing.
I will express displeasure with actions of other countries when those actions directly affect our own, but how people run their own countries is none of my business otherwise.
It’s clear to me that there’s an information campaign worldwide to diminish positive regard for the U.S. Also, it’s clear, that other countries, in general, are fed more misinformation than we are. (But not much more than we have these days.)
Other countries couldn’t possibly understand or embrace our culture as it developed according to our history. Maybe they ought to stop staring out of the window at the neighbors and clean their own houses?
Even when I agree with some of the negative points made, my underlying, “How dare you?” reaction is still there. {They would be lucky to have a constitution like ours. The fact that our current government doesn’t follow it any more is our own problem.}
Many times, those less free countrymen abroad suggest that their own righteous viewpoint is unquestionable. Most recently, a post dwelled on the ‘evil’ of our 2nd Amendment. To them I say, “Good for you disarming your citizens. Don’t call us if you find yourself in a bind.”
It’s absolutely true that the U.S. has stuck its nose where it doesn’t belong way too many times. But those are actions of a military complex that has increasingly gone mad. Those people don’t represent us.

So, why do citizens of other countries feel compelled to critique our country?
It seems to me that those who do that are behaving like high school ‘mean girls’ looking for attention and their own validation at the expense of others. It’s not a good look fellas. 😉
I’m not angry about it but I am clearly irritated. Just so you know, I don’t define the fellow countrymen of those bloviating about running a ‘good’ country according to those dingbats either.
{Note to other countries: If anyone from the U.S. comes to your door suggesting you need to go Woke, please know that they are acting according to their own agenda and were not sent by “We the People”.}

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Unanswered Question: What are negative thoughts?

I’m seeing a lot of memes declaring that we need to be getting rid of negative thoughts. What are negative thoughts?

I’m truly confused when subjective terms are thrown around. Some others that confuse me are “kind”, “poor”, “rich”, and “hate”.
What’s extra confounding is the frequent nodding of heads in unison when these terms are used as if everybody knows what they mean but me.

I’d agree that any thoughts we tell ourselves that offer crippling doubt about our own worthiness to pursue happiness are negative. Self-destructive thoughts aren’t good for us.

But I sense there’s some other measure of “What’s negative?” floating around. It seems to be connected to anything contradictory to the thoughts of others or any notice of problematic things. In fact, sometimes it has been used to describe all thoughts that would take someone away from a “mellow comfortably numb” state of mind. That is a great place to visit but who’d want to live there? It’s even been suggested that your life will improve if you spend more time there AND it’s also suggested that our lives actually improve when we try not to recognize and address our problems because “It’s not so bad”.
DUH… I don’t think so. Am I on the wrong planet? lol

Well, that odd mindset explains the increasing volume of recreational drug use in our country in a nutshell, doesn’t it? People actively stripping our individual freedoms from us love when we spend a large amount of time sweeping all those troublesome questions and concerns from our thoughts. If I listen closely, I can hear them, “Comfortably numb minds for all. Just relax, we’ve got this.”

I guess not wanting to know about or having to deal with problems is the new-age kind of “freedom”.
Excuse me, I just had a dizzy spell…because THAT “thought” is the most frightening and “negative” one I’ve had all day. 😦

I want to know who the creator of the meme below is and ask him, “What IS a negative thought?” and “How long have you worked for the communists?” 😉

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Unanswered Question: Who defines ‘what you *’need’?

These posts are posed as a ‘stream of consciousness’ evaluation of questions that I am asking myself.

The question I pose in the title is one that troubles me. If I were to choose a phrase that immediately ‘gets under my skin’ it is the statement from others about what ‘everyone’, or ‘someone’, ‘needs‘.
From my own sensitivity to other’s views, I’ve talked about trying to frame my comments in the arena of what I think or how I feel. I’ve learned that this is the most ‘unassuming’ and ‘fairest’ approach.
So, you may rightfully call me ‘sensitive’ to how others frame their comments. IMHO…I want to get-along and be listened to as much as anyone, but how would I know? 😉
I’ve taken exception to posts that were presented as “everyone agrees” or “everyone should” because of the pretentiousness it conveys to me.
The worst kind of statement IMHO is “they don’t need” or ‘worser’ “you don’t need” something.
I’ll admit my first internal reaction is “Who do you think you are?!” followed by the calmer, friendlier, question, “How is it that you know ‘what I need’?”

Examples of things I’ve heard are:
“People don’t need AR-15s.”
Everyone agrees we should “Go Green”.”
“You don’t need to be that busy with your grandkids.”
“You don’t need to eat meat.”
Everyone needs to take the “vaccine”.”
Everyone needs to be kinder.” [IMHO… Everyone is not routinely nor purposefully unkind. So, I ask, “Are you seeing monsters that I don’t?” Should I be afraid?]
“We all need to come together.” This last one would be nice. I know cohesiveness in our communities is a wonderful thing.
IMHO…I think the first thing that would help in the ‘coming together’, is an effort by each of us to speak for ourselves and avoid telling others “What they need.”. It’s off-putting to me and may be to others. (But you don’t need to agree. LOL)

To my fellow Americans:
Our Constitution expresses to us directly that each of us have a right to pursue what we ‘need’ but not a right to tell others what they need.

*Oh, I understand that personal ‘needs’ are subjective and different from basic survival ‘needs’ which we all may pursue as ‘we see fit’.

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Unanswered Questions: Do we exist to learn or to teach?

There’s an interesting prompt in another thread. It pertains to the use of ‘sarcasm’.
I like that prompt but the person offering it proposed that sarcasm was akin to negativity.

My first thought was “Really? How could something so much fun and humorous be a bastion of negativity?”
It was then I realized that the bias of that presentation was just a personal sensibility.
No harm, no foul, of course. We’re allowed personal viewpoints. The creepy part is that some people frame their views as absolute, inarguable, truths.
Do they believe that or are they just being a bit inartful?
It’s hard to tell. I’m not a ‘mind reader’.

That whole thought process made me continue to examine the propensity of human beings to define the ‘world’ according to their personal sensibilities. I think the leadership of the U.S. have on many unfortunate occasions decided to impose American values on other cultures. I believe many times (not all) it came from an altruistic arrogance on the premise that we had found the ‘correct’ course and assumed the role as a ‘teacher’ to all humanity. Well, if countries do that, I’m sure individuals are capable of that approach too.
Reagan’s “Shining City on the Hill” speech may have been the best way to ‘teach’… by example. “Because I say so.” is a poorer way to influence others than “Look at how well I’ve done.” As we learn, any lessons we have to offer are clear from our successes or failures.
[Our current predicaments are attributable IMHO to an outrageous disregard for our Constitution which had made our prosperous progress possible. When will we (our leadership) learn?]

Expanding the stream of consciousness brought me to the broadest question, “Do we exist to learn or to teach?”

As a self-described ‘student of life’, my tendency is to want to learn. You’ve already noticed that I enjoy asking questions.
But there is a ‘teacher’ in each of us too. Especially those who are parents and mentors of children.

I had to laugh during a recent vacation day spent with my granddaughter and a day care friend. We humorously caught on to a theme that developed quickly as we visited. There was a lesson in every topic I proposed! We got to the point when I said something we’d chime, “Here comes the lesson!” LOL

Yes, I wanted to ‘teach’ the kids. But the manner I chose wasn’t at all in the form of a lecture. It could be better described as a series of “Let’s think about that together.” moments. I told stories about difficult situations I had been confronted with in my life then invited them to examine “Why?” I made my decisions and “If?” they would have decided the same. I didn’t impose my values; I showed the kids how I had applied them. A few times, I asked their opinions on whether I may have been wrong. I truly wanted their opinion!

So, I did assume a ‘teaching’ role, but my lessons were to be found in an uncertain ‘testing’ of my values. I had remained primarily a ‘student’. IMHO… if more of us asked questions and perceived ourselves as fellow ‘students’, there would be far fewer righteous judgements (conclusions) made and more questions asked.
By reading the comments on the ‘biased’ prompt that I opened with, it appears to me that some ‘adults’ think their roles in this life are primarily as ‘teachers’ of how others should behave. It’s curiously always implied that ‘decency‘ depends on their ‘rules’ too. [I’m starting to imagine that the ubiquitous concerns over “bullying” have given them this authority in their own minds. To that I would ask which mimics ‘bullying’ more? Telling others “How they should behave.” or asking “Why they behave the way they do?”]

It just occurred to me that my interest in writing stories and poems comes directly from my desire to offer my viewpoint for others to consider and learn from for better or worse. They are still free to decide. Freedom is awesome!